Originally posted by @ashiitaka
I have a vegan friend who always sends me videos and links about veganism.
I've openly told him that I think eating meat is a natural part of our omnivorous diet, being descended from primates and that woe betide anyone who tries to stop me from eating eggs.
I do wish he would stop proselytizing.
I think in the long run veganism, or rather the unwillingness to adapt to it presents the biggest global issue on the horizon. It's one thing to talk about wealth inequality in the first world, but if you really want to talk about wealth inequality then compare first world to third world conditions and the comparison could not be any more stark. A big factor in the disparity is food inequality.
Eating meat is ecologically unsustainable. It requires more land and water usage than a vegan lifestyle ever would. Compare the cost in terms of land area, soil enrichment and water usage to produce 1 kg of rice compared to 1 kg of steak, and you quickly work out that if the 3rd world adopted 1st world eating habits we will quickly run out of planet.
Unfortunately that message sounds alarmist, so most people will ignore it, but it's like the pro life issue and the evangelicals who will support even someone like Trump, because he's willing to support their cause.
Don't dismiss both issues because it seems to attract the lunatic fringe. Have a look at how it's gaining ground. Because of its low overall take-up, Veganism is enjoying a fantastic growth rate across the globe as we speak and while the pro life movement may not be making as spectacular gains, I really believe it was that one sleeper issue that finally nailed Hillary's coffin.
The Podesta emails and the linking of Hillary to her hero Margaret Sanger who laid the foundations of Planned Parenthood, became a rallying cause on the alt right. A loose conspiracy of liberals re-enslaving Black's by promoting easy access abortions just had to be exposed and stopped according to the far right because it's these liberal policies that has contributed to a complete breakdown of the basis of society within the black communities, because that's what happens when you murder millions of unborn black children every year, according to every liberal democrat bashing voice in the US of A.
Now I can hear you ask what has this to do with veganism? Well simply put, it's the arguments against abortion that have made the evangelicals and the pro life movement such an influential force in politics that people were willing to throw in their lot with Trump because he seemed keen to back their agenda. This is why they feel he can't be defeated, because in their view he is part of the resistance against godlessness. Making America Great Again is a crusade for Americans to turn back to their Christian roots, part of which is the pro life movement and the sanctity of life argument that the proponents feel is key to receiving God's blessings again.
The thing is the pro life movement is all about turning abortion into a little chamber of horrors. The very same arguments which now are slowly insinuating and permeating their way into the promotion of veganism. It's not just about being better for your health, or better for the environment, but also better for your soul. The cost of a guilt free existence it seems rests with wrestling over the morality of the large scale slaughter of bio fuel units, raised without any concern for their health or wellbeing in some of the most dispicable displays of ruthless exploitation of one sentient species by another.
The argument that seems to be taking hold is a karmic one. Can we as humans expect good things when we act that atrociously towards another species. Is the current social malaise and dysfunction that we see in much of the OECD symptomatic of the toxic way that we perform one of societies most basic functions. The cultivation and distribution of food?
What does it all mean? Well there's a generation of Millennials out there who watched Babe when they were 5 and stopped eating bacon as a result. As veganism starts to go mainstream, the kids will follow.
Cranking up my Crystal Ball I will confidently predict that within the next 15 years, apart from Global Warming and the electrification of transport as the Internal Combustion Engine gives way to EV, the Pro Life movement and Veganism will be the biggest drivers of change within society as we know it.